Feb 01, 2017

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) publishes a fitness report predicting the most popular workout trends for the upcoming year. Their 2017 fitness trends report includes several exercise ideas that are ideal for active adults. (Read the full report.)


Wearable technology

Fitness trackers and smartwatches like Fitbit and Apple Watch were popular in 2016, and the ACSM says they will be an even bigger trend in 2017. These devices provide 24/7 heart monitoring, can calculate the number of steps taken throughout the day, and can even send reminders to exercise. Wearable technology also pairs well with another ACSM trend for 2017: smartphone exercise apps. These apps include cues, such as when to begin and end exercising. They can also track progress, like the number of calories burned, miles walked, and more. Cue by Humana does just that. Available for iPhone and Apple Watch, Cue will remind you to get up and move, drink water, stretch, and do other important healthy activities. 


Body weight training

While people have been using their own body weight for centuries as a form of resistance training, body weight training is becoming an increasingly popular trend in gyms and health clubs. Push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, and planks are just some of the exercises you can do using your own body weight. These exercises can be done according to your own ability and don’t require free weights or machines. Benefits of body weight training include strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, and balance. 


At-home workouts

Exercising at home is another trend the ACSM identified as being popular in 2017. Workout-on-demand streaming videos allow you to take classes in real-time with real instructors located anywhere in the world. Examples include doing a Spin class via a live stream directly from a cycling studio, or practicing yoga with an instructor who broadcasts classes on their website. .


Outdoor activities

In 2017, less people will be on the indoor treadmill, and more people will be exercising outside—including hiking, walking, kayaking, and playing outdoor sports like golf and tennis. Tip: Exercising outside is already trendy at some gyms, which offer outdoor cycling, running classes, and yoga under the stars, and allow their personal trainers to conduct some of their small-group trainings in parks. 


Flexibility and mobility rollers

Typically made of foam, although some are made with hard rubber or wood, these rollers are designed to massage and relieve muscle tightness, alleviate muscle spasms, and improve circulation and range of motion. Specific rollers have been created for the low back, hips, and larger muscle groups, such as the hamstrings and quadriceps. Often, gyms will have rollers for members to use. Typically the rollers can be found near the free weighs. You can also order a roller online and use it at home.